Literature

Poison tea
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Kathryn Harkup is a chemist with an expertise in poison. She’s made a close study of a famous poisoner that employed everything from arsenic to cyanide to knock off close to 300 (fictional) victims: Agatha Christie, the mystery writer.

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12:05
"The Land at the End of the World" by António Lobo Antunes
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The author of "The Sympathizer" recommends António Lobo Antunes' novel.

The Velvet Hours
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Alyson Richman is the author of six historical novels. Her latest is called "The Velvet Hours" and it was inspired by a recent newspaper story in the Paris press.

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11:13
"If Beale Street Could Talk" by James Baldwin
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The author of "Another Brooklyn" recommends a James Baldwin novel she says belongs on everyone's bookshelf.

"I Will Bear Witness" by Victor Klemperer
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The author of "Lincoln in the Bardo" recommends Victor Klemperer's two-volume diary that reads as a slow-motion picture of what the Holocaust looked like before it was known Holocaust.

water
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David Foster Wallace gave the commencement speech at Kenyon College in 2005. It was popular enough to eventually be published in a thin little book called “This Is Water.”

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3:23

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